Parks and Recreation's Cast Speaks Out

On Saturday night, The Paley Center for Media hosted a panel for the cast and creators of NBC's Parks and Recreation. Amy Poehler, Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman, Paul Schneider and Aubrey Plaza held court along with series creators Michael Schur and Greg Daniels (The Office). IGN TV was there to get an inside look at the hilarious spirit of this sophomore surprise. Season 1 of Parks and Recreation, which was just 6 episodes, was received politely (perhaps even coldly) but it also came with ton of comparisons to its bigger, more famous brother, The Office. Everyone is in agreement these days that Parks has not only gotten a hell of a lot funnier, but it often stands out as the funniest NBC offering on Thursdays. What's been the difference maker? Did the series just need time to breathe? "Like a fine wine," Poehler smiled, "I always knew this show was complex and needed to open up a little bit. I like to think that the show needed to decant." Poehler went on to say that she felt that enough time had passed where the viewers felt like they could attach themselves to the characters a bit more. "People are starting to care about the people on the show," Poehler stated. "It was always our intention that the show be funny, but also a show where you actually wanted to see what happened to the characters." Poehler said that the internal tweaks that they made to the show were fairly small and were just little creative ways to figure out how to include everyone on the show. To Read More Click Here .

PARKS AND RECREATION "Hunting Trip" Season 2 Episode 10 - Photos

Take a first look at PARKS AND RECREATION "Hunting Trip" Season 2 Episode 10 which airs Thursday November 19 on NBC (8:30-9 PM ET). Episode Synopsis: Leslie (Amy Poehler) tries to prove she can hang with the guys so she invites herself on Ron's (Nick Offerman) annualhunting trip , but things don't go as planned. Meanwhile, April (Aubrey Plaza) and Andy (Chris Pratt) bond in the office while everyone is away. Rashida Jones, Paul Schneider and Aziz Ansari also star. Source & More Photos

Parks and Recreation: Leslie and Co. Have Love Woes

The pit on Parks and Recreation may have been filled in, but Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) and several other Parks employees have holes in their hearts. Fortunately, love is in the air in Pawnee, Indiana. The cast and producers of Parks came together for a panel at the Paley Center where they discussed upcoming makeups, breakups and shake-ups, including the surprising new couple that might actually make Ann (Rashida Jones) jealous. Bonus tease: full-frontal nudity! Read on... To Read More Click Here .

Justin Theroux joins 'Parks and Recreation'

Actor-producer-screenwriter-all-around Renaissance man Justin Theroux is joining Parks and Recreation (a.k.a. this fall's most improved comedy) in a major recurring role, sources confirm to me exclusively. Theroux, whose previous tube work includes stints on The District, Ally McBeal, and Sex and the City, has been cast as a friend of Ann's (Rashida Jones) and a potential love interest for Leslie (Amy Poehler). His first episode is slated to air in early 2010. Last month it was announced that Theroux had signed on to produce a big-screen comedy for Paramount set in the world of air guitar competitions. He also wrote the screenplays for Tropic Thunder and the upcoming Iron Man 2. And played everyone from Jesus Christ to John Hancock. A one-trick pony he's not. Source Here

PARKS AND RECREATION "The Camel" Season 2 Episode 9

Watch a sneak peek of PARKS AND RECREATION "The Camel" Season 2 Episode 9 which airs Thursday November 12 on NBC (8:30-9 PM ET). Episode Synopsis: After one of the murals ("The Spirit of Pawnee") in City Hall is defaced, Leslie (Amy Poehler) and the Parks Department compete to come up with a new design. Meanwhile, Andy (Chris Pratt) and Ron (Nick Offerman) share an uncomfortable moment at the shoeshine stand. Rashida Jones, Aziz Ansari and Aubrey Plaza also star. Source Here

PARKS AND RECREATION "Ron and Tammy" Season 2 Episode 8 - Preview

Watch a preview of Parks & Recreation "Ron and Tammy" Season 2 Episode 8 which airs Thursday November 5 on NBC (8:30-9 PM ET). Episode Synopsis: Leslie (Amy Poehler) is upset when she learns the library department wants to take over her lot. Making matters worse, the library is run by Ron's (Nick Offerman) ex-wife Tammy (played by Offerman's real-life wife Megan Mullally), who still has a powerful emotional hold on him. Meanwhile, Andy (Chris Pratt) gets a job in hopes of winning Ann (Rashida Jones) back. Aziz Ansari and Aubrey Plaza also star. Source & Preview

PARKS & RECREATION "Greg Pikitis" Season 2 Episode 7 - Preview

Check out a preview and photos of Parks & Recreation "Greg Pikitis" Season 2 Episode 7 which airs Thursday October 29 on NBC (8:30-9 PM ET). Episode Synopsis: Leslie (Amy Poehler) enlists the help of Dave (guest star Louis C.K.) and Andy (Chris Pratt) in order to catch a local teen vandal. Meanwhile, Ann (Rashida Jones) struggles to make her Halloween party fun, and gets help from an unlikely source. Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman and Aubrey Plaza also guest star. Source & Preview

John Mayer Dating Rashida Jones?

John Mayer's reported reunion with Jennifer Aniston appears to be over - the rocker is dating actress Rashida Jones. Read More: - John Mayer Dating Rashida Jones?

NBC Picks Up Mercy, Community and Parks - Featured

Here's some happy Friday news for fans of Mercy , Community and Parks & Recreation . NBC has picked up all 3 series for full seasons. From Zap2it: "None of the three shows has made a whole lot of noise in the ratings ( Mercy is the leader of the three, averaging 7.8 million viewers a week), but as NBC tries to climb out of its fourth-place hole, it's opting for a measure of stability in the second half of the season." We recently mentioned both Community and Parks in our Fall Things Reconsidered feature. While I noted that I don't feel like Community has lived up to its potential just yet, I'm happy that it's getting a full season to grow. I mentioned...I think Parks has been much improved in its second season, so I'm thrilled that it will be sticking around. Which of these series are you most excited about their pickups? Source

PARKS AND RECREATION "Sister City" Season 2 Episode 5 - Sneak Peek

Check out the episode details of Parks & Recreation "Sister City" Season 2 Episode 5 which airs Thursday October 15 on NBC (8:30-9 PM ET). Episode Synopsis: Leslie (Amy Poehler) plays host to the Parks and Recreation department from Pawnee's sister city, Boraqua, Venezuela, and is shocked at the cultural differences. Tom (Aziz Ansari) becomes an errand boy, and April (Aubrey Plaza) plays hard to get. Source Here